7 Days: Machame Route

This route is also called the “Whiskey Route.”Machame route is indeed more difficult climb but it does have much higher success rates. Choosing a seven days itinerary, gives you a very short day before the summit attempt, which leaves plenty time to recover and acclimatize. The route is more demanding and tiring from the summit down to the last camp. Here is a seven days itinerary.

DAY 1; Machame Gate [5,400ft] – Machame Camp [9,400ft]

The drive from Moshi town to Machame gate takes about 50 minutes passing the Machame village which is located in the lower slopes of the mountain. Check in the park gate and start trekking reaching Machame Camp in 5 -7 hrs. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Hiking distance ; 11 km

DAY 2; Machame Camp – Shira Camp [ 12,500ft]

After having breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest crossing a little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge. The route then turns to the west reaching  Shira Camp in 4-6 hrs.
Hiking distance; 5 km

DAY 3; Shira Camp – Lava Tower- Barranco Camp [13,000ft]

From the Shira plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. Continue trekking towards South East via Lava Tower. Have lunch from this point and continue down to the Barranco Camp. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Hiking Distance; 10 km in 6-8 hrs.

DAY 4; Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp [13,100ft]

After breakfast, leave the Camp and climb a non- technical but steep ridge{ Barranco Wall }. Continue trekking in a series of hills reaching Karanga Camp.
Hiking Distance; 5 km in 4-5 hrs.

DAY 5; Karanga Camp –Barafu Camp [15,300ft]

Right after breakfast and gearing up, start trekking passing the junction to Mweka trail continuing up to the Barafu Camp. From this camp, Mawenzi peak and the Kibo peak are very visible. Have an early dinner and resting ahead of the summit.
Hiking Distance; 4 km in 4 -5 hrs.

DAY 6; Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak [ 5895 m] – Mweka Hut [ 10,000ft]

Wake up at around 2300hrs, have a simple breakfast , gear up and start  the journey to the summit. This is the most challenging part in the body both mentally and physically. At Stella point [ 18,600ft], you will be rewarded by the epic sunrise if the weather is clear. Then continue in about an hour to summit. At this point, Uhuru peak, you are now on the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the continent of Africa. Spend a short time at the summit taking photos and start descending down to Barafu Camp for lunch and a rest. After then continue trekking down to Mweka Camp. Enjoy the last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep.
Hiking ascent Distance; 5 km in 7-8 hrs
Hiking descent Distance; 12 km in 4-6 hrs

DAY 7; Mweka Camp –Mweka Gate [ 5,400ft ]

After the breakfast and a little celebration, pick up your day packs and start descending down . On arriving at the gate, you’ll be rewarded with certificates of achievement. Board a vehicle which will drive you back in your hotel in Moshi or onward destination.


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